ACE logo


Denver 2017

Professional Development Conference 2017: Denver, CO

From July 30th to August 2nd, over 40 educators and administrators from Network schools will gather at a Professional Development Conference at the Archdiocese of Denver, where they will join together in community to strengthen the skills needed to better serve their students back home.  Activities planned include a Mass and smudging, an outing to a Rockies game, and interactive sessions to test drive apps for classroom management. 


  • Sunday, July 30

    Time Event
    Varies Participants arrive throughout the day
    5:45-6:45 Mass at Archdiocese of Denver
    6:45-7:20 Drum Group
    7:30-9pm Reception  at Hilton Garden Inn Denver/Cherry Creek
  • Monday, July 31

    *indicates session lead

    Time Teacher Track Admin Track
    8:30-8:45 Morning Prayer (Gospel Reflection by DSLBS leader)
    8:50-9:35 Leola Tsinnajinnie-Paquin - Native Student Conceptions of Nation Building: Empowering Native Students
    9:40-10:25 Fr. Nate Wills – Blended Learning Mark Johnson – Prayer Life for the Busy Professional
    10:30-11:15 Meghan McDermott*, Mikaela Prego, Ally Jeter, Mary Claire O’Banion, Maria Murphy & Maria Lynch – Apps & Applications in the Classroom Collier & Cozart – Visioning of the Future of the Network
    11:20 – 11:25 Lunch begins (Prayer by Red Cloud leader)
    11:30-12:00 Chaz – School #1
    12:00-12:30 Chaz – School #2
    12:30-1:00 Chaz – School #3
    1:05-1:50 Ally Jeter – Paired Walk Fr. Nate Wills – Blended Learning for Admin
    1:55-2:40 Brian Collier, Mark Johnson, Cassie Brownell – Active Learning as a Form of Classroom Management Carol Chazdon - Survey
    2:40-3:00 Afternoon Break
    3:00-3:45 Mark Johnson*, Mary Claire O’Banion, Maria Lynch, Mikaela Prego, Ally Jeter, Meghan McDermott, Cassie Brownell, Maria Murphy – Active Learning Breakout Groups Collier & Cozart – Planning/working group: New Network Schools Application Process
    3:50-4:35 Leola Tsinnajinnie-Paquin – Indigenous Ways of Education
    4:40-5:20 NCEA Round Table

    5:30 PM                   Group dinner at Next Door (Prayer by St. Augustine leader)

  • Tuesday, August 1

    *indicates session lead

    Time Teacher Track Admin Track
    8:30-8:45 Morning Prayer (Gospel Reflection by St Charles leader)
    8:50-9:35 Cassie Brownell*, Mark Johnson & Meghan McDermott -  Curriculum, Instruction & Design Brian Collier - Common HR Practices & Network Solutions w/in HR
    9:40-10:25 Jeter, Prego, Lynch, O’Banion: Curriculum, Instruction & Design – Practice Fr. Nate  – Time Management for the Busy Administrator
    10:30-11:15 Cassie – Literacy
    11:15-11:45 Chaz – School #4
    11:45-12:30 Lunch (Prayer by St. Michael’s leader)
    12:30-1:00 Chaz – School #5
    1:05-1:50 Mark Johnson – Designing Authentic Assessment Collier & Cozart - Planning/working group:2018 PD planning
    1:55-2:40 Mary Claire O’Banion, Ally Jeter, Maria Lynch & Mikaela Prego – Reading Instruction Collier & Cozart - Planning/working group:2018 PD planning
    2:40-3:00 Afternoon Break
    3:00-3:45 Meghan McDermott*, Mark Johnson, Prego, Lynch, O’Banion, Murphy & Jeter – Practical Practices Collier & Cozart - AICSN  – Business session
    3:50-4:35 Mark Johnson – Work- Life Balance

    4:40                           Depart for Hilton

    5:30                           Depart for Coors Field (Rockies v Mets: $15 meal voucher included with ticket

    TBD                            Return to Hilton

  • Wednesday, August 2

    Time Event
    9:00 Concluding Mass
    10:00 Van#1 Departs (Must be returned by noon)
    10:30 /11a PD Meeting over & participants to airport (travel time is approx. 40 min to DEN; flight times 1:15 or later)